Training calves every other day?

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    Aug 09, 2012 7:25 PM GMT
    I hate my calves, and I don't think working them into my leg routine once a week is enough conditioning to make a significant impact.

    So I'm wondering if training them every other day (maybe alternate between heavy/low reps, and lighter/high reps) would be excessive, or if it would be a good idea?

    I've also been doing hill sprints to give them an extra bit of a workout.
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    Aug 09, 2012 9:14 PM GMT
    they need to recover too, bro!
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    Aug 09, 2012 9:14 PM GMT
    That's what the day between is for, haha..
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    Aug 09, 2012 9:17 PM GMT
    7Famark saidThat's what the day between is for, haha..


    Yeah, but you still walk on them... so they not gettin so much rest...

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    Aug 09, 2012 9:18 PM GMT
    GonzoTheGreat said
    7Famark saidThat's what the day between is for, haha..


    Yeah, but you still walk on them... so they not gettin so much rest...

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    I know this might not make sense, but it sounds right in my head haha...I feel like the fact that we do use them every single day is the reason it *might* be okay to train them more frequently, because they already are a relatively conditioned muscle that it might not be so bad to do them a little more often..

    Does that make sense? Probably not lol
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    Aug 09, 2012 9:20 PM GMT
    FALSE, you can work out your calves everyday, but that's just me. Here is the workout routine that I'm doing [below]. It's working so far, I misread it though and I'll have to start over.

    http://www.abcbodybuilding.com/8%20weeks%20to%20bigger%20calves%201.pdf
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    Aug 09, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
    Hit them 2 times a week, prob not more... food and rest makes them grow.

    Anyway, you are perfectly stunning. DonĀ“t worry about it
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    Aug 09, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
    Twice a week maybe,
    but probably not every other day.
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    Aug 09, 2012 9:22 PM GMT
    Do them twice a week max so you can recover fully. Post your calf routine. Maybe you're not hitting them as effectively as you could be.
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    Aug 09, 2012 9:25 PM GMT
    Yesterday I worked them after doing incline sprint intervals on the treadmill (which already hit them a bit) and I did calf raises for 6 sets of a goal of 25 reps with a 45 on each side of the bar for my "light" day rotation and I definitely feel it today.
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    Aug 09, 2012 10:12 PM GMT
    Every other day (3/4 times a week) is fine, and maybe focus on strengthening specific parts of the calves (inner/outer gastros, soleus) or keeping consistent toes positioning (forward, together, or equally apart) on each day of exercise.
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    Aug 09, 2012 10:23 PM GMT
    Ckfeezy saidTwice a week maybe,
    but probably not every other day.

    Exactly this.
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    Aug 09, 2012 10:33 PM GMT
    I did hill sprints running up forwards, and then running down backwards two days ago and now 'm really feeling it in my calves. I also switched it up between sets by jogging up backwards and then zig-zagging along the hill contours. If you got a steep, grassy hill nearby in a park or something, it's a really stimulating workout.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 09, 2012 10:37 PM GMT
    I found a calf trainer for you.

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    Aug 09, 2012 11:51 PM GMT
    7Famark saidI hate my calves, and I don't think working them into my leg routine once a week is enough conditioning to make a significant impact.

    So I'm wondering if training them every other day (maybe alternate between heavy/low reps, and lighter/high reps) would be excessive, or if it would be a good idea?

    I've also been doing hill sprints to give them an extra bit of a workout.



    YES!! They are the most stubborn muscle!! I train them EVERY gym day, run barefoot on the balls of my feet and finally!
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    Aug 10, 2012 12:06 AM GMT
    Gixxer1K said
    7Famark saidI hate my calves, and I don't think working them into my leg routine once a week is enough conditioning to make a significant impact.

    So I'm wondering if training them every other day (maybe alternate between heavy/low reps, and lighter/high reps) would be excessive, or if it would be a good idea?

    I've also been doing hill sprints to give them an extra bit of a workout.



    YES!! They are the most stubborn muscle!! I train them EVERY gym day, run barefoot on the balls of my feet and finally!


    They're definitely sore today so I feel like every day might be overtraining, but if you've gotten results then maybe it's okay..
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    Aug 10, 2012 12:13 AM GMT
    I train them once a week, probably should do it twice.

    I wish my gym had a seated calf raise machine to do the soleus. I tried a barbell over my thighs, and also a plate over my thighs...not good for my small legs, plus awkward.
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    Aug 10, 2012 12:32 AM GMT
    I heard that over-training a muscle is actually a myth so you should be fine with training them every other day. When people talk about over-training, they are talking about the nervous system and the joints not the muscles. You probably aren't going to over train your nervous system doing isolation exercises for calf muscles.
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:18 AM GMT
    joe122 saidI heard that over-training a muscle is actually a myth so you should be fine with training them every other day. When people talk about over-training, they are talking about the nervous system and the joints not the muscles. You probably aren't going to over train your nervous system doing isolation exercises for calf muscles.


    It's not really a myth, per se...but basically when you train muscle groups you are tearing apart the muscle - and it subsequently rebuilds itself. If you train the same muscle group day after day, you aren't allowing your body to fully rebuild those muscles before tearing them apart again, which will slow your gains.
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    Running, Hiking, Trail Running are perfect exercises to help you with this as well, since you are in AZ and I know is damn hot!, but when is NOT get out and do the natural exercises they will grow. Some guys are always commenting on mine. Just get out an enjoy nature.
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    It won't be possible to enjoy nature here for a couple of months haha
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:39 AM GMT
    Ckfeezy saidTwice a week maybe,
    but probably not every other day.
    This*
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:42 AM GMT
    I don't know why on earth you hate your calves! Anyway jumping exercises, like jumping jacks will give you definition. Or if you're trying to grow them, throw a ton of weight on the leg press and use just your toes to push the weight. Failing that, and as dorky as this sounds, toning shoes that make your feet rock really hit the calves too. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:49 AM GMT
    I disagree with the other posters here. Each muscle group takes a different amount of time to recover. Lower back and hamstrings take the longest, with forearms and calves being the shortest. It's totally fine to work these two muscle groups every other day as they recover very quickly. Although when you first start out, I'd take it easy or you won't be able to walk the next day. If you're really blasting them, I'd wait 3 days.
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    Aug 22, 2012 10:40 AM GMT
    Haha good question and I don't blame you. It's all about the legs! I hate that cooler weather means pants until next may. icon_sad.gif